Northeastern secures academic partnerships for co-​​ops, research in Cuba

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has signed agree­ments with insti­tu­tions in Cuba offi­cially estab­lishing part­ner­ships that will lead to a range of new aca­d­emic opportunities—from global co-​​ops to research—for North­eastern stu­dents and faculty.

Graduates called to ‘transcend boundaries,’ address global challenges

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity cel­e­brated its 114th Com­mence­ment on Friday, as grad­u­ates were rec­og­nized for their many achieve­ments. U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John F. Kerry deliv­ered the Com­mence­ment address at the under­grad­uate cer­e­mony at TD Garden. Charles Elachi, director of the NASA Jet Propul­sion Lab­o­ra­tory, deliv­ered the address at the grad­uate cer­e­mony at Matthews Arena.

Meet the graduates: Andrew Barba

Barba vividly remem­bers the moment Steve Jobs intro­duced the first iPhone to the world in 2007. A teenager at the time, he’d long been inter­ested in “hacking around and building things” with elec­tronics. As a North­eastern stu­dent, he’s devel­oped two apps and spent three co-​​ops working as a soft­ware engi­neer. We asked him what’s next after graduation.

Most-​​ever students receive doctorates at hooding ceremony

At Northeastern’s Doctor of Phi­los­ophy Hooding and Grad­u­a­tion Cer­e­mony on Thursday, the uni­ver­sity con­ferred degrees upon doc­toral can­di­dates in fields ranging from inter­dis­ci­pli­nary engi­neering and phar­ma­ceu­tical sci­ences to psy­chology, com­puter sci­ence, and economics.

Meet the graduates: Wendy Chu

Wendy Chu chose to attend North­eastern because she felt the uni­ver­sity “stretched the def­i­n­i­tion of a col­lege stu­dent.” Chu’s many accom­plish­ments include a co-​​op at a White House ini­tia­tive, studying polit­ical theory and sus­tain­able urban devel­op­ment on Dia­logues in China and the Nether­lands, and working across mar­keting, busi­ness devel­op­ment, and project man­age­ment teams at student-​​led and tech star­tups. “I’ll remember that any­thing felt pos­sible here,” she says. This fall, she will attend Har­vard Law School.

With Fulbright, Northeastern student wants to fuse education and violence prevention

Grad­u­ating senior Esther Laa­ninen has received a Ful­bright fel­low­ship to teach Eng­lish in Colombia. She says her global expe­ri­ences and teaching oppor­tu­ni­ties in com­mu­ni­ties around the world have pre­pared her well.

Meet the graduates: Julieta Moradei

Julieta Moradei was just 16 years old when she enrolled at North­eastern. After grad­u­ating with five co-​​ops, she will begin a PhD pro­gram in struc­tural engi­neering at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­fornia, Berkeley–one of six offers from pres­ti­gious schools including MIT, Stan­ford, and Princeton.